Lapės

The Ruins of the Lapės Manor

The ruins and ponds of the Lapės Manor loom near what people call the township of Lapės, or Foxes, used to stand a magnificent manor. Many gentlemen had lived there until the last owner's buffoonery brought the manor to destruction.
People say that giant treasures are buried in those ruins – all the previous owners' gold and jewels. But why is it only the crumbling foundations of the once magnificent buildings that remain? It's because there used to be many Calvinists living in Lithuania in the old days. They loved to mock the local Catholics and their beliefs, which the Calvinists were convinced to be wrong. Like naughty kids, they would play all kinds of pranks and tricks on the Catholics. One such witty Calvinist prankster lived in the Lapės Manor. Since there was no Calvinist church in Lapės, this gentleman had no choice but to go to Catholic Mass. He would arrive in the churchyard in a coach driven by bears, would listen to the sermon, and would then hasten homewards – without even crossing himself.
One day, mister Calvinist's favorite dog died. The loss of his pet mightily saddened him, but then he thought of the way to console himself. Nothing would bring this gentleman so much joy as mocking the Catholics. And thus he ordered that his servants lay the dead dog in a coffin, take it to the church, request a service, and tell the priest that it was the gentleman's dead servant, a Catholic.
The church's priest held the Mass for the unknown dead man and was about to take the coffin to the graveyard when a curious sexton decided to open the coffin to see whose funeral it was. The sexton's lips paled when he saw that the sacred service was being held for a dead dog. The priest was outraged and cursed the Calvinist gentleman and also his entire manor.
The poor Calvinist had no time to blink before the earth swallowed him and his manor. All the magnificent towers fell tumbling down, leaving only the sad ruins behind.